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Overstrand man busted on Clarence Drive road with crayfish

No less than 5 989 West Coast Rock Lobster (WCRL) tails and 100 whole WCRL were found in a white Toyota Etios with CEM registration number on the R44 Clarence Drive in Betty’s Bay during a stop-and-search operation.

Overstrand Municipality’s Law Enforcement officers arrested the man on 20 June 2024 for being in possession of crayfish.

Rock lobster populations are low, and thus only limited numbers of the crayfish may be caught.

Those who are found with more than four crayfish may face fines or arrest, as this is the maximum number any permit holder is allowed to fish for. Recreational fishermen are also not allowed to sell their catch.

“No person catching WCRL with a recreational permit may sell his/her catch and any WCRL caught, collected or transported must be kept in a whole state,” the DFFE said in a statement. “A maximum of 20 WCRL’s may be transported per day on condition that all the persons who caught such WCRL’s are present in the vehicle, vessel or aircraft during transportation and that such persons are in possession of recreational WCRL permits.”

The goods were handed in at the Kleinmond Police Station. PRESS RELEASE 

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